The Residency

The Heinrich Böll Association invites writers and artists of all disciplines to the residency at the Heinrich Böll Cottage. This is a unique retreat, ideal for those who want a quiet and inspiring stay far away from the normal intrusions of everyday life. The aim is for guests to be able to concentrate fully on their work, while using Achill Island as a source of inspiration and a possible subject for their endeavours. The residency programme is funded by Mayo County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Applications are accepted for the cottage up to September 31st each year for inclusion in the following year’s residency.

The house offers two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, two study rooms and a studio. A telephone is available, but no internet connection.

Guest artists are invited, if they wish, to visit local schools or clubs on the island and to promote their own work through public readings.

The writing desk.

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